St. James’s Outreach Ministries flow out of our common worship life together. As a parish community, we are committed to the pursuit of justice and peace for the sake of our community and the larger city of Baton Rouge. We partner with local organizations that support individuals in various sorts of need and difficulty. In addition to a clergy liaison, the Outreach Committee is comprised of dedicated laypersons with passion for engagement. If you would like more information about Outreach at St. James, please contact Fr. Drew Harmon (email@example.com).
Below details our existing Outreach programming and events, noting any changes due to COVID.
St. James Food Pantry & Drive-Thru Distribution
third Saturday of each month | 7:30-10:30am
St. James’ Food Pantry has served as a distribution point of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank since the 1980s. Non-perishable food items are distributed each month. In conjunction with local and national health protocols, a drive-thru distribution model was adapted. Those in need of food without a vehicle may also receive via walk-up service. Volunteers assist in welcoming and registering recipients, as well as filling and preparing bags for distribution. Contact: Doug LeBleu, firstname.lastname@example.org
We Care Bags
We Care bags are simple snack bags handed out to our downtown neighbors who are hungry. Regular sign-ups are circulated, and volunteers assist in filling 125 bags per week. Bags are currently delivered to the Christian Outreach Center (1427 Main Street) for safe distribution. Contact: Allyson and Tommy Cunningham, email@example.com
every fifth Sunday | 8am
Every fifth Sunday, a Hearty Breakfast is served in Bishops Hall to those who are hungry. Food is provided through St. James’ cafeteria service. Volunteers assist in greeting and serving guests. Contact: Nancy Jo Poirrier, firstname.lastname@example.org
St. James Episcopal Church shares the joy of Christmas by partnering with the Salvation Army and Volunteers of America. The Salvation Army and the Volunteers of America provide lists of those in need. Parishioners are invited to “adopt” a child by selecting their ornament, and donating Christmas gifts using the detailed information about them from their ornament. Angel trees, complete with ornaments and instructions, go up in early November, with gifts due the first part of December. Contact: Betsy Harper, email@example.com
November 14 & February 20
In addition to these regular ministries, St. James’ Outreach Committee is pleased to announce the addition of “Serve Sundays” to the 2021–2022 program year. Serve Sundays are dedicated to providing parishioners of all ages opportunities to participate in impactful service projects, both here at St. James and throughout the community. A list of projects will be published in advance of the dates for parishioners to sign up.
St. James Christmas Feast
The St. James Christmas Feast takes place each year in early-mid December, offering our neighbors in need a delicious meal and a gift bag, which includes basic health and cold-weather items. The Christmas Feast takes place in Bishops Hall, and volunteers assist in greeting guests, serving food, and packing gift bags. Contact: Nancy Jo Poirrier, firstname.lastname@example.org and Margaret Blades, email@example.com